I imagine Ars is a whirlwind for anyone visiting, it certainly was for me as an exhibiting artist. I made an effort to see other works, and take in some of the evening performances. I even made it out of the main exhibition area into the satellite sites in Linz. All this, despite aching limbs and overstimulated senses. And a daily commute from Vienna.
‘Muted Tchaikovsky’s 5th’ Samson Young (2018) 12-channel sound installation with 12 powder-coated speakers; video (with sound, 45 min)
‘Liminal’ (2018) Louis-Philippe Rondeau (CA) interactive installation.
The issue with Ars – as with many events of this scale – is that you are left overwhelmed, with the feeling it was all a bit of a blur and you didn’t offer your attentive self to any of the pieces, fully. And you think you will check out many of the artists’ work and themes and of course… you already took more time than you should have out of life, and so the catalogue gets shelved (I now recycle them almost immediately) and the experience becomes a web entry that you hoped would somehow keep the lived experience alive, but probably won’t. Ah well, there’s always next year.